He then asked, “Who still wants it?” Every hand went up.
“Well,” he went on, “what if I do this?” And he dropped the $20 note on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty, and asked again. “Now who still wants it?” Still the hands went into the air.
“My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson,” he said. “No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20.
“Many times in our lives, we are crumpled, dropped, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what may yet happen, you will never lose your value in God’s eyes.
To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless.”
Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.